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May 4, 2017 - Figueres/Girona

A return visit to Barcelona! We travelled outside the city to the town of Figueres, where we toured the Dali museum. Dali designed it to be a pice of art in its own right. He lived in It for the last 5 years of his life. It truly was a journey into the surreal imagination of an artistic genius. His wife and muse, Gala, inspired him to these heights. Many of his pieces were layered with art within art that required close inspection. Symbolism weaved its way thoughout his work, often contrasting life and death. He was also a pioneer in using...

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Apr 25, 2017 - Barcelona

Today is a full day in Barcelona and Montserrat. We begin with a trip to La Rambla, the gathering, pedestrian walkway of Barcelona. Last night when we saw it from our coach it was jam-packed with people. La Rambla has everything one could want; shops, hotels, restaurants. Our guide knows we more mature tourists prefer to see everything but in a less crowded time of day. So it is our first stop this morning and we are there shortly after 8 AM. Many places are not yet open but we are there to look not to shop or eat. The sight we do see is...

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Espana

Apr 18, 2017 - Monday 4/18

Still no bags at the start of the day. I guess some are tired of seeing us in the same clothes for another day. We are off early in the day to meet our local guide hired by Bob. She takes us through the old city on a walking tour (9000+steps). We passed a Burger King, KFC and a Dunkin Coffee before coming to a cathedral built in the 13th century. Next we passed the site of a Jewish synagogue and community that existed before they were driven out in the 15th century. We passed by sections of the wall which surrounded a Roman city. These wall...

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Europe 2017 Cruise

Apr 1, 2017 - Barcelona First Cruise & Return

Based on the questions I have received and am receiving about the “boat”, I will answer all (I hope) this time. First off, some asked “what’s to do on a ship”. Oh, where do I start? NOTE: THE FOLLOWING IS MY VERY OWN PERSONAL OPINION BASED ON EIGHT OCEAN CRUISES AND SIX RIVER CRUISES. You may or may not agree with me, but that’s O.K. I have been called “parsimonious” for many years which means “frugal to the point of being stingy” and that is probably why I have enough money to take these extra trips. In any case, please feel free to ask...

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2017 Travels

Mar 22, 2017 - Cruise from Barcelona, Spain in the Mediterranean Sea, Part One

We only waited two days for a military hop from Hawaii to Travis AFB, California. Once we arrived we moved the RV out of storage and directly into the FamCamp. We (mostly Julieann) spent the next two weeks cleaning it up and taking much of the contents into a storage unit I rented. We have a “For Sale” sign on the window, but we’ve only had two bites. I see the problem as (1) the age of the RV (10 years old) is the age banks do not want to finance and (2) I cannot compete with dealership that will finance a RV that they sell. That’s O.K....

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Nov 16, 2016 - Barcelona # 2

Another gorgeous sunshiny day and we stroll up Las Ramblas to Catalunya Placa and catch the red bus to drive a second time through the grand architecture of downtown Barcelona. We see the Renfre Sants Estacio were we arrived in Barcelona on Sunday. We pass the unique light standards of Parc Espania Industriales and carry on to the waterfront past the Bull Ring, now a shopping mall and up the hill to Palau Nationale de Montjuic. We disembarked and walked to the National Palace above the Fonte Magica. The view out over Barcelona is...

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Nov 16, 2016 - Barcelona

We ambled down Las Ramblas as far as the Christopher Columbus statue then took a different street back to Placa Angel. From there we wandered to Ave. Catedral finding ouselves on the edge of the Gotic Placa. We went along to Pinxtos and Tapas for some much needed refreshments. We took a table inside. Once finished we continued on to the International Bar for a nightcap. Mon. We were up early and off to Catalunya Placa to catch the Hop On Hop Off Bus. We took first the red and then the blue line. We got off at the stop for Guell Park and...

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Nov 13, 2016 - Marrakech to Barcelona

So our last night in Marrakech, we found a restaurant overlooking the large Placa and watched the people below as they milled about the square. 4 mosques competed with one another at the sunset 'call to prayer'. After finishing our excellent lamb tagine we entered the melee. It had a country fair atmosphere as sellers hawked their wares, restaurants tried to attract customers and people gathered round the entertainers. After joining and enjoying the festivities for a time, we wandered back into the dimly lit lanes of the medina, found Riad...

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Nov 11, 2016 - Barcelona

We stumbled out of bed at 4:30 a.m. in Heraklion, Crete, in order to drive our rental car to the airport at 5 a.m., so we could check in to our 6:30 flight to Athens in order to connect to Barcelona. Returning the car was no problem with the tiny company we used having a lot across the street from the airport. We landed in Barcelona at noon, to a waiting car that Sharon had booked for us online. It was great. The driver told us a few things about the city, it was cheaper than a taxi, and so convenient. After settling into our rooms at the...

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Oct 30, 2016 - Getting to the Cruise

Oct 30 Getting to the Cruise We woke up fairly early, Michelle had a shower and we did all our packing. We checked out another hotel, basically the dining room was under our hotel, and decided to splurge 10 € for a breakfast buffet. Once we had full tummies we headed back to our room, to get a postcard we wanted to mail to Mike’s mom. Remember we mentioned the Fireman’s 10k race, well, it was happening a block away from our hotel and was in full swing. The finish line was almost at the train station and runners were flooding down the...

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Oct 29, 2016 - Busing and Walking the City

Barcelona Oct 26 to 29, sorry, only four photos, we've reached our limit, more in a few days. Getting There, Oct 26 Picking up from where we left off, we collected our luggage and headed to the train station. Had to take a shuttle to the other terminal, then through a few walkways, and there was the train station. Easily got our tickets, showing the ticket agent the station we wanted to go to, he printed them off, showed us which way to go, and confirmed where we changed trains. Mike had written the whole process down, and he was spot on,...

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Oct 26, 2016 - Barcelona Inspires

We weren't quite as quick to get into the air with this second flight, Lisbon is a busy airport. After about ten minutes we were up and on our way to Barcelona, whose slogan is "the city that inspires", well, guess we'll see how inspired we get, from what we hear we should be. This flight Michelle sat next to a couple from New York City whose daughter is doing a semester at the university in Barcelona. They had taken a few days to visit Lisbon while visiting her. Apparently it is now becoming common to do a semester abroad or some travel,...

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